Extravagant Forgiveness

Extravagant Forgiveness

I walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice, bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me and making their treasuries full (Proverbs 8:20-21 NIV).

In our buy now, pay later society, it’s easy to get caught in the debt trap. No one sets out intentionally to owe thousands. Through life’s surprises, mismanagement, or the mistakes of others, it’s easy to become awash in an ocean of debt—no land in sight. It can get to the point where we daydream of a rescue ship cruising by and snatching us from our sea of debt.

Simon, the Pharisee, invited Jesus to dinner, and Jesus accepted the invitation despite Simon’s doubts. As His host, Simon should have had a servant wash Jesus’ feet. But no such gentilities were offered. Word of Jesus’ presence spread and a sinful woman heard where He was eating. Uninvited, she burst through the door and anointed His feet. She was so humbled by His greatness that the magnitude of her sinful life overcame her. She wept and washed His feet with her tears, drying them with her hair. Simon was frustrated by how this woman entered his house without being invited, interrupting his big moment.

Jesus’ emotions were drawn by the two opposite reactions. On one extreme, the woman’s honest humility moved Him. On the other hand, Simon’s arrogance and lack of hospitality angered Him. So, He told a parable: “If two men owed money—one several thousand dollars, the other just a few dollars, and the lender forgave them both, who is forgiven most?” I suppose the one who owed the most, Simon replied.

The last thing Simon wanted to do was admit that Jesus was right. But He was. And He’s right today. Regardless of your sin, forgiveness is available. When we humbly realize the magnitude of our sins and accept His forgiveness, it is big for every single one of us. It’s almost too much to comprehend that He should forgive us.

Christ’s forgiveness knows no bounds!

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